Friday, 10 September 2010

A Review Of Some Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Hair Products

I was recently contacted by the lovely Lisa from Immediate PR offering me the chance to try out some Schwarzkopf products. As you know some of the range before but the products I was sent this time come for a brand new collection. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Shine is a new line for people with coarse, unmanageable and dull hair, which is exactly my problem -I'm prone to annoying frizz and waves, and an annoying lack of shine due to constant heat treatments (yes straighteners I blame you), and an obsession with the bleach bottle. Using an innovative "Ionic Polymer Shield Complex and the Amino Cell Rebuild technology that features in the rest of the range" the smooth shine collection promises "24 hour smoothness, long-lasting frizz protection and a beautiful mirror like shine", by repairing the hair internal structure. OK that sounds pretty technical but the gist is this range promises me personally better hair - well we'll see

BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Shampoo
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Step one in most haircare regimes usually involves the shampoo, and this was the first product I tried from the range. Like all the Bonacure shampoos.It comes in a sleek designed white bottle,this time with purple branding.
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With a flip cap the product dispenses easily, it has a milky colour, and a slightly runny texture. It has the same fresh floral, "hairdresser" fragrance as the rest of the Bonacure range.
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It foamed up easily, with a little agitation and a little bit of water, and it rinsed out easily, I tended to do two shampoos, just out of habit I suppose but my hair did feel pretty clean even after one. What surprised me most about this product was how good my hair felt. After rinsing my hair was left with virtually no tangles, and it felt super sleek and smooth even without a conditioner. There is a conditioner in the range but I didn't receive one so I didn't use any conditioner during the period of this review. To be honest though I really didn't feel I needed to use one, even when my hair was dry it still felt smooth and free from tangles. I have to say using the shampoo alone didn't eliminate the frizz from my hair but they do recommend that you use the shampoo alongside the Smooth Shine Smoothing Milk, which as you will see I did - more on that in a moment though ;) I have to say that this is the best Schwarzkopf shampoo I've tried to date, it left my hair very soft, and with no tangles, and I also felt that I didn't need to use a conditioner. My one complaint again is the use of Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLS). This can be drying on the hair and although this product didn't feel drying in the slightest, I feel it's important to mention this as some people especially eczema sufferers can be allergic to SLS, and an increasing number of people are now choosing to avoid this ingredient in both hair and body products. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Shampoo retails at around £8.85 for 250ml.

BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Smoothing Milk

OK I hinted at this a little earlier but I was also sent the BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Smoothing Milk. Designed to be used alongside the shampoo, Schwarzkopf claim that this product will "smooth hair, whilst providing protection against frizz and leaving it with lasting shine".
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In a squeezy tube in the same white and purple colours as the shampoo, the product dispenses easily, and has cream/gel texture, and again a milky colour, and the same fresh/floral hairdresser type smell.
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As per the instruction I applied this product to damp towel dried hair. I then either blow dried my hair or used my wet to straight hair straighteners. I have to say I am super impressed with this product, the frizz was nearly completely diminished, my hair looked straight and shiny, and felt soft and free from build up -the smoothness easily lasted till my next wash (normally 2-3 days later)- result :) I have to say though I also tried on my hair before leaving it to dry naturally and I have to say it didn't work nearly as well it obviously needs some sort of heat treatment to activate it?
After Pic :)
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All in all a big thumbs up for me this is one of the best anti frizz treatments that I have used. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Smoothing Milk retails at around £9.95 for 125ml

BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Leave In Treatment
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The final product I was sent was the BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Leave In Treatment. Especially coarse, dry and unmanageable hair this product is not only a leave in conditioner treatment which can help to repair the hair, it also acts as a styling product to calm and smooth hair and too add shine.
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It comes in a 200ml jar with the same salon type smell, and has a thick creamy texture, very similar to some of the BC Bonacure Hairs Masks I've used in the past
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You apply a small amount of the cream to washed and towel dried hair, you then massage it in from root to tip, and combed through before drying. One of the hardest things with this product was judging how much to use, too little and nothing happens, and too much as you hair feels too full of product, and a little stiff. It took a few goes to get the amount right but as you can see for this picture the hair was left generally in a better condition than before and with a fair degree of smoothness, not perhaps as shiny and smooth as the smoothing milk but still not bad
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It also mentioned on the packaging that you could use the smoothing milk alongside the leave in treatment so I gave that a go, I took a small amount of the leave in treatment and a small amount of the smoothing milk and applied it to my hair before heat styling - the result was a tiny bit better than with the smoothing milk on it's own initially but my hair was definitely left feeling softer and more conditioned. The Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Smooth Shine Leave In Treatment retails at around £11.20.

I have to say of all the Schwarzkopf products I have tried this range has to be the one that has suited my hair the best. All the products did pretty much what they promised my hair was left a lot smooth and lot less flyaway without feeling too overloaded with product. For more information on this and the other BC Bonacure ranges and stockist details you check out the Schwarzkopf website If your interested specifically in the Smooth Shine range I have found a few sites which sell the products often under RRP including Fragrance Direct ,and Cheap Smells. Any questions please ask.

(I was sent these products for review purposes - this hasn't altered my review in any way and I haven't been compensated for this review)

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